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The John H. Rodgers Lecture Series



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2023 – 6:30PM

LOCATION: COMMONS HALL, Trinity Anglican Seminary

Dessert reception to follow. Space is limited – please register today!

Influenced by the primacy of grace in the theology of Augustine, the cultivation of a burning love for God in late English medieval spirituality, the humanist emphasis on the transforming power of Scripture and the Protestant approach to human anthropology, Cranmer fashioned the understanding of justification in the Anglican formularies accordingly.

Unable to join us on campus? We will be livestreaming the event – registration is required.


The Rev. Cn. Dr. Ashley Null

Author of Thomas Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance: Renewing the Power to Love (Oxford 2000), the Reverend Canon Dr. John Ashley Null is an internationally respected scholar on the grace and gratitude theology of the English Reformation. Holding a MDiv and STM from Yale and a PhD and BD form the University of Cambridge, Ashley has received numerous academic awards for his work, including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, Guggenheim and German Research Council fellowships as well as being elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries in London.  Based in Berlin, Germany, where he is a Director of the Wittenberg Center for Reformation Studies, Ashley is currently editing the private theological notebooks of Thomas Cranmer for Oxford University Press.



In 1976, John Rodgers became a founding member of what was then known as Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. In addition to his role as a professor of theology, John served as Dean President from 1978 to 1990 and returned as interim Dean President for a year, beginning in 2007. Under his leadership, Trinity grew to become the most important evangelical voice among seminaries in The Episcopal Church.

Bp. Rodgers was known throughout the Anglican Communion as one of its foremost evangelical theologians. During his career, he worked alongside other orthodox, evangelical Anglicans to commend traditional Christian teaching as essential for the healing of a fractured world. It is often said that Bp. John’s career was guided by two great loves: Trinity Anglican Seminary and the Thirty Nine Articles of Religion.

For this reason, Trinity Anglican Seminary has established the John H. Rodgers Lecture Series to honor and memorialize Bp. John and to continue his legacy of commending the Anglican way of reformed, apostolic Catholicism. The John H. Rodgers Lecture Series explores theological distinctives of the English Reformation, including distinctives found in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. The lectures are held annually during the first week of November (near Reformation Day) and will launch in 2023.